Business Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Updated Thu, 03 Dec 2020 01:10 PM IST
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Big relief for Indian IT professionals
Senate approval of the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act is a big relief for Indian IT professionals who came to the US on H-1B visas and have been waiting for decades for a green card or permanent accommodation. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on 10 July 2019. The bill raised the country’s limit of 7 per cent of total visas on family-based immigration visas that year, to 15 per cent. The bill was introduced by Republican Party Senator Like Lee from the state of Ota.
Indian citizens received so many green cards in 2019
Indian citizens received 9,008 tier 1 (EB1), 2908 tier 2 (EB2), and 5,083 tier 3 (EB3) green cards in FY 2019. (EB3) There are various categories of employment-based green cards. Senator Lee told the Senate in July that the backlog of an Indian citizen to get permanent residence or a green card is over 195 years.
Senator Kevin Kramer stated that the ‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act’ creates a more merit-based system that provides equal opportunities to skilled immigrants. Kramer worked to ensure that the bill would prevent fraud and abuse of the visa system.